9 MORE Unusual Tool Storage Methods - Part 2




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Back in February of 2016, I published an Instructable on 9 Unusual Tool Storage Methods for Your Workshop, which is now one of my most viewed Instructables, with over 100,000 views!

Since I can't stand messy workshops, and got so much positive feedback in part 1, In this Instructable, I'll show part 2, with 9 more unusual ways to store your workshop tools!

Let's get started!

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Step 1: "Floating" Pliers/Tweezers Rack

I think this one is my favorite tool holder. It looks like it floats, but is actually really strong, and saves me A TON of space!

For my pliers, I drilled a hole into my pegboard, and then epoxied in bent rod. This can hold a lot of pliers, wire cutters, and several more... For my tweezers, I drilled a hole into my pegboard again, and then glued a dowel, which I had previously CA glued a metal rod in the middle. Other than the fact that it's a bit too short, it works really well, and I think it should last me a long time.

To make this you'll need a drill and drill bit, a steel rod, a torch for bending it,and some epoxy.

Step 2: Drill Storage - a Hole in My Workbench!

Drill a hole in your workbench? Yes!

A really simple method for storing your drill is to drill a hole in your workbench, and mount your drill's bit inside the hole. This way you can return it quickly, and return it when you're done drilling.

I think I'll do this as soon as I fix my drill...

Step 3: Salvaged Metal Rods

I have quite a bit of ~1mm rods, which I have salvaged from CD/DVD Rom's. These are extremely useful for storing all sorts of tools such as Hand-Planes, hammers, and mallets. I also use a bigger rod for storing all four of my spring clamps.

Alternatively, you can also use wooden dowels

Step 4: Container Tool Storage!

For almost a year, I've been Storing my small screwdrivers with a strip of magnets to the wall. It worked really well, except for the fact that the magnets weren't strong enough.

I secured the small plastic container to the wall with screws and washers, and then added some CA glue for extra strength

Bonus: Can you guess where this plastic container came from?

Step 5: World's Biggest Box Joints!

Worlds biggest box joints? Hmmm...

I cut a small piece of wood and then used a handsaw and a chisel to make a "box joint". This can be done easily with either a table-saw or a bandsaw too. I then screwed it into my pegboard/wall

This method works really well for storing mallets and hammers, but it can also work well for storing clamps, and other similar tools.

Step 6: Clamp Clamps to the Edge of Your Workbench

Clamping clamps to the edge of your workbench- Perhaps the world's easiest way of storing tools...

This method should work for all types of clamps, but it works really well for spring clamps, bar-clamps, kant-twist clamps, and wooden hand-screw clamps

Step 7: Metal Book Dividers for Shelves - Hand-Plane Holders!

I'm not sure how I thought of this, but my previous and-plane holder was a metal bookshelf divider / shelf end...

I screwed the metal divider into my pegboard, and placed all of my planes onto it. The one I used can hold both of my wooden hand-planes without dulling them thanks to the hole in the middle. See both pictures for more information...

Step 8: Square Screw Hooks


While I did show this method in part one, I thought I would put it in this Instructable too, since I think that is is either the best, or the second best option.

I use square screw hooks to hold many of my tools, such as hammers, my anvil, my speed square, my bar-clamps, and many more.

Step 9: Holes in Wood! - Drill-Bit Organizer

I've seen several people make these, and that's because they're really easy to make. All you need is a drill, and if you have drill-bits, you should already have one...

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    2 years ago

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    19 replies

    Reply 2 years ago

    Where should i put my ego? It seems to get in the way all the time, as i rarely use it due to my humble-ness. :P

    But on a serious note, though not a tool (and therefore not applicable to the winning a membership deal) i have a bit of foam (egg-crate/matress foam) and i am not sure the best method of storage. (5 sheets of 1" thick 40"x80" foam, roughly)
    If it gets wet, it molds horribly. This takes cardboard down a notch (stored it in a shed all summer in a box and lost a piece due to mold)
    It can compress, but 5 sheets takes a lot of force, and i do not have a vacuum pump nor air-tight container.

    I am a college student in a mobile home, so storage is limited (I have inside, and an 8x8x6' shed)

    Any ideas?


    Reply 2 years ago

    Those are some awesome storage ideas, and i think i will combine several of those ideas to make the most out of my little shed space! Thank you very much!


    Reply 2 years ago

    I can never seem to find a way to store my jigsaw and circular saws (don't have cases) effectivly w/o taking up unnesicary space.


    Reply 2 years ago

    Check out the cubbies that John made here:


    Reply 2 years ago

    I hav a 5ft long scythe - its yusefull for clearing gardens and a pane in the backside to stor!


    Reply 2 years ago

    I also have a scythe and on the outside of my garage on a ledger board ( a 2" x 10" x 12 foot attached to the studs of garage, under the protected eves, I have attached various sizes of pvc/abs pipe (depending on the tool it is to hold) of various lengths. My scythe is one of those tools along with shovels, picks, rakes stc. They are all outside tools stored where they are usually used.


    Reply 2 years ago

    I would like you to store the following tool:


    Cheers, benditright


    Reply 2 years ago

    How big is the microscope? How much does it weigh? What shape is it?How often do you use it? Where in your workshop can you store it?

    Can you show me a picture of it?


    Reply 2 years ago

    flywheel/gear puller... those damn things lay everywhere!


    Reply 2 years ago

    Never heard of those, is that a tool?

    From what I see in Google images, I think this can be stored with Square screw hooks. One on each (segmented?) top part. I'm not sure how big they are, but step 4 might work too.

    Hope this helps! :)